By Denise Crabtree, Senior Database Administrator Consultant at Taos Want to be a more efficient a DBA? Need an easy way to manage multiple serves concurrently? Multi-server queries is the answer. With registered servers or a Central Management Server, it’s possible to run multi-server queries. The first step is registering servers into logical groups. A […]
For the past five years, I’ve been a consultant at Taos. People have asked me, “why are you a consultant, don’t you want a full time job?” The answer is that consulting is my full time job, though in the past I’ve had full time roles, been an independent freelancer, and run my own company. Let me explain some of the reasons why consulting is a great career option compared to staying in full time roles for the whole of your career.
By Denise Crabtree, Senior Database Administrator Consultant at Taos Finding the backup file location, time, how or who backed up a SQL Server database is answered with this query. —————————————– — 2005+ version —————————————– — Find Where DB Backups Went Physical Location — Variables: — @dbname is optional if blank will return all databases — […]
Internet of Things (IoT) as many presume is not about things but services; connecting companies, people and technology in real-time, all the time. IoT is an extension of the Internet into the physical world which is fundamentally redefining the way we do business today and live.
IoT is primarily convergence of the digital and physical worlds. In the last century we have developed technologies touching every facet of our lives however, those advance technologies were autonomous in their functioning and mostly independent from each other. Decision making and integrated functionality still remained in human hands thus, managing several technologies effectively remained a daunting task. IoT is a step towards making these advanced machines communicate with each other and based on select parameters take autonomous decisions without human intervention. With the maturity of mobile connectivity and easy Internet access it’s possible to integrate our complex physical world with the digital one and let both interact in a way that makes our lives easy in ways never imagined before.
I recently had a situation where I needed to change the hostname, IP, and domain of around 200 VMs. No problem, I can just script that out, right? Well, the problem with scripting in this case was that the VMs were in an offline state (more on that below). I also couldn’t use VMware customization specs because those are only available during cloning or deployment operations. The answer came in the form of a clever cmdlet called Invoke-VMScript that let me execute code using VMware tools as the delivery mechanism. In this blog I’ll talk about how VMScript saved me countless hours and I’ll give you some tips on using the command, but first a little background…
Where does it make sense—cost-wise and performance-wise—to invest in WAN Optimization equipment? This is a question some clients will have. There are a few of them on the market, and they all claim to speed up application performance and save money on bandwidth. How do we in good conscience advise a client on whether they should invest the money in WAN Optimization equipment, and at which of their sites? Ideally you would do some testing with demo equipment, or on a try-and-buy basis, to obtain real-life data for your recommendations. Before then you can look at the specs on the brand of Optimizer you are considering and you can get a good prediction on how it should perform.
I have encountered on several occasions where I have lost the root password for an esxi host. While there is not an obvious way to change the local root password on the websphere gui, the following is a method I have learned on how to reset the root password of the esxi host. However, before I proceed, some caveats:
Certain infrastructure applications should truly be core to running an operation, whether its internal IT support or running a SaaS or IaaS business. When implemented correctly, monitoring and ticketing apps give the organization tremendous insight and transparency to how the operation is working.
The analytics which can be derived can pinpoint trends which need addressing before outages occur or can tell you what is running well or what areas of the environment are struggling. It also can take the pulse of the customer experience using your services, whether its your help desk or your service offering to paying customers. So what’s the problem then?
Burnout is something most people in the tech industry are intimately familiar with, but it’s a topic not often discussed publicly. Many people I speak to about it even share a sense of guilt over feeling burned out. “If my coworkers are able to handle their work fine, then I must be doing something wrong”, they say. Managers are often in the same boat, when it comes to burnt-out employees: “They just can’t handle our pace.”
I believe both perspectives have a misunderstanding of what burnout is and how to handle it, something I hope to clear up for both.
There’s a spirit of adventure at conferences. It’s putting on a pith helmet and encountering big, hairy beasts as strange, new industry problems are described. It’s foraging deep into the jungle of new ideas and bringing back delicious, new fruits. It’s discovering new friends and allies, similarly interested in mapping the trails.
Seattle hosts Cascadia IT Conference, and poetry aside, my experience there was fruitful. It’s a journey I’ve made twice now, and each has been rewarding. This year the big idea I bagged was offered up by Paul English: Test Driven Systems Administration.